Prayer Network Holds Its First Prayer Convention in Southern Asia Pacific

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S outhern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD) young people gathered on Zoom and Facebook Live December 6-12, 2020, for the first Prayer Network Convention. Its theme was “I Will Pray.” More than 1,083 registered, over 350 attended on Zoom each night, and the videos have received more than 24,000 views over the seven days of the prayer convention. A 40-days-of-prayer event preceded the convention where young people joined in united prayer. 

The young people feasted on the Word of God and the inspired words of Ellen White through several speakers from the General Conference (GC), the SSD, and the North Philippine Union Conference (NPUC). Melody Mazon, GC prayer coordinator, opened the session with a message on intercessory prayer. She emphasizes that we need to ask for God’s prayer burdens. We need to be willing to be inconvenienced to pray for others, put away sin, and obey God, stay humble and hold on and don’t let go. 

Nina Atcheson, GC Sabbath School and Personal Ministry curriculum manager, blessed the youth during the second night of the virtual prayer convention on the theme of “Abiding in Jesus.” She demonstrated how the youth can abide in Jesus through prayers and his words. She suggested that, after choosing a passage or a verse, the youth pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, write the verse or the passage, find the big idea, reflect on what the verse/passage says about God and themselves, and respond to God in prayer. 

On the third night, Gary Blanchard, GC youth director, and Ron Genebago, SSD youth servant, led the youth in praying for their career and mission. Gary emphasized to cast on God their worries and burdens as soon as possible before the burdens can hurt them. Ron guided the youth on how career and mission should go together by aligning their choice of career in God’s mission and in the spiritual gifts God has given them. 

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